Drought 8.8.19

ENID, Okla. — Dry conditions and drought crept further across the state this week, officials with the U.S. Drought Monitor revealed on Thursday, even as rain fell across the Enid and Northwest Oklahoma area.

Most of western Oklahoma has recorded “abnormally dry” soil conditions, with parts of Woodward and Woods counties in moderate drought, according to drought monitor’s website, https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu. A little more than half of Garfield County is seeing dry conditions, while the southeast corner remains drought-free along with most of the eastern half of the state. A portion of southwestern Oklahoma is in severe drought stage, according to the site. Soil samples are taken on Tuesdays each week, and results are reported on Thursday.

However, some relief arrived on the same day as the reported drought conditions, as a storm system moved through the state, bringing rain and expected cooler conditions for Friday before the August heat is expected to return, according to the National Weather Service.

More than a half-inch of rain has been recorded in the last 24 hours at Breckinridge and Lahoma Mesonet weather-recording sites, and six-tenths of an inch fell in the Freedom area, where some drought conditions were reported. Most of the rain has fallen in northeastern Oklahoma, where more than 3.5 inches was recorded in Nowata, according to http://mesonet.org/.

In the Enid area, a 40% chance of rain is forecast for Thursday night, mainly after 10 p.m., according to NWS. High temperatures will top out around 90 today and Friday, with lows in the in the low- to mid-70s.

There also is a 20% chance of rain Friday and Friday night.

Highs near or at 100 will return for the weekend, according to NWS, which reports slight chances of rain return in the forecast beginning Tuesday and continuing through Thursday.

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Coming to Enid in 1993, weeks before the Land Run of 1893 centennial, I fell in love with the heritage. I started as Enid News & Eagle education, legislative and business reporter, was promoted to news editor in 1999 and currently am digital coordinator.